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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,254 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,254
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 339
Gots: 417 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of Nesued
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A very ornate 330ml bottle with a white plastic goat trinket tied around the neck on a red elastic string. Nice decoration for something bar-related. Poured a dark black color. When held up to a strong light from behind, appeared more of a burgandy color. Poured reasonably cool from about two hours refrigerated. A two-finger head formed that resolved into a thin layer. Glass was rinsed prior to the pour which (I'm sure) hindered the head formation. Thin carbonation.

Smell - Chocolate aroma with a roasted malt presence. Nice warm aroma with a slight sweet bit as well.

Taste - Nice malty taste, plain and simple. The roasted/chocolate presence is felt in each swig. There is a comfortable hoppy bite at the end, but it is well balanced and does not come as a suprise. This is one dense/malt-fest. Had I not known this was a doppel, I would have picked this as an Irish stout!! This is a meal.

Mouthfeel - Wow, this fills your mouth and palate with goodness. Very dense and very heavy (but in a good way). Giving a swish doesn't stimulate an overly carbonated "bite", but at the same time creates an even fuller mouth presence.

Drinkability - Dangerously drinkable!! This is one fine doppel. I will very much have this as part of my stable of offerings. I only hope my guests are worth it!!

Nesued, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a solid black color with a foamy, caramel-colored, one-finger head. It left long trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very sweet. There was also some roasted malt and caramel aromas.

T - It had a great sweet maltiness. There was also a good dose of chocolate flavor.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A really great dopplebock. It is very sweet and chocolatey.

zeff80, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of chadspivey
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very dark oaky brown with a healthy one finger head. Lacing all the way down.

S: Oh the malty goodness. It's really unbeleivable. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate malts.

T: I forgot how freakin awesome this beer is. The malt is just extraordinary. It pretty much tastes exactly how it smells.

M: Full body. Good. plenty of carbonation. Very nice.

D: There's a reason it comes in four packs. Any more than four of these is simply too much. Still, it tastes so damn good, it's hard to drink just one.

chadspivey, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of eepopporkahah
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, ruddy brown, barely opaque when tilted and held up to a light.
S - If any of you remember Faygo's Chocolate Pop, it smells like a grown-up version of that, rich and sweet and warm, a very comforting aroma.
T - Bitter but with a milk-chocolate sweetness that complements and even slightly overwhelms the balance but by only the smallest measure. It ends with a lingering whiskey-like complexity and then a clean almost mossy-sweet finish full of damp soil and toffee. (Can you tell this is a favorite of mine...?)
M - The beer itself has a rather light body. However, upon taking the first sip, one's mouth is coated with a wave of tiny bubbles. Once they dissipate, the more subtle notes of the flavor emerge.
D - As far as doppelbocks go, it's a pretty heavy experience. More Christopher Marlowe's Faust than whatever episode of The Simpsons happens to on, if you know what I mean.
Bonus - The fantastic little goat charms you get when you buy Celebrator. It's like the bygone era when Cracker Jacks used to have good toys in them...also, you get drunk, so, all in all, an awesome beer and a great experience.

eepopporkahah, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost black into a Celebrator glass, with a off white head, that went away quickly. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and small amout of alcohol. Smooth taste including coffee and chocolate. A very nice double bock, used to be the good old stand by, but the alcohol was a thing to watch with this one.

OWSLEY069, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of jp62099
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two over the course of a weekend, first was maybe a little to warm and I had had one or two other beers before so it did'nt do much for me. 2nd had a day or so in the frig, no beer before, much better. As with most of my reviews D-bocks are new to me so can't really compare by style. It was good, but after hearing all the hype maybe I expected more. Nose was malty, bready, not much actually. Taste was balanced leaning on sweet. Very drinkable, did'nt fill to heavy. Reasonably priced, if it were available here I would drink again.

jp62099, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of greenbeaner
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep, dark copper color. Almost black. Forms two and a half fingers of head that quickly dissipates to a thin film on the surface. Very little lacing.

Strong malt up front on the nose, with a quiet chocolate finish. There are also tones of caramel and raisens.

Tastes heavily of lightly roasted malt and chocolate up front with a bit of a sweet raisen finish. Also apparent are hints of coffee and fig. Light carbonation is apparent as well. A very delicious, well balanced brew.

Feels large and full bodied in the mouth, but never syrupy. Goes down smooth and finishes slick. Feels great.

I put this one off for a long time, largely because of it's price-to-alcohol ratio...It proved to a huge mistake, as this is definitely one of the most deliecious beers I've tasted. A must try, often buy, in my book for sure. I'd drink it all the time.

greenbeaner, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of xav33
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a tulip glass
Recent brewing, butted into 06/07

Poured a clear mahogony with a medium light frown fizzy somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of strong raisins, roasted malt, dark caramel, almost molasses, some coffee black licorice and bananas.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet raisin, black licorice, and roasted grain followed by a strong bitter yeasty and sweet dark sherry chocolate on a long finish.

Palate was medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and moderately astringent and slightly alcoholic.

Overall, this is a soft tasty doppelbock. The flavors are layered and overwhelming, and I can see why this is the most appreciated doppelbock out there. It's hard to describe, but put simply it leaves a happy feeling in my mouth.

xav33, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a full finger stiff light tan head that resists fading and is aided by visible effervescence. Peaks of 3D lacing observed.

A slightly timid malty aroma with some dark fruit and cinnamon. A more pronounced syrup like molasses as it warms slightly.

Full bodied texture that coats the entire mouth. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. A reserved bitter hop note beneath.

The flavor is sweet and malty also and it is complemented quite well by the mouth feel. A coffee sensation adds to the latent complexity.

This one is quite drinkable and at 6.7% ABV a person could enjoy a couple of these in a session.

jjayjaye, May 31, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased from bodega in Williamsburg.

A-Dark brown with reddish hints but not opague. There is a steady stream of bubbles if you look hard enough. there is a cappacino coloured head which starts off at a heady two fingers and ends up a nice 1/8 inch whipped cream masterpiece. Thick lacing. A very attractive beer.

S-Slightly sweet barley aroma dominates. A little bit of alcohol present as well with hints of unsweetened chocolate which can be distinguished from the sweet barley. Slight vanilla is in there too.

T-Not nearly as sweet as it first smells. There is a nice dry crisp finish. the roasted barley is ever present providing the slightly charred and smokey background notes. The yeast makes itself known midsip, a very German taste.

M-On the heavier side but never too thick. Carbonation is present but not harsh.

D-Perfect for a spring/fall evening. This is a fantastic beer and this is my first. This will be in my rotation.

sleazo, May 30, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a tumbler. left some nice sheeting and a thick ring with sticky sides. the body is dark brown with some ruby hints.
s - coffee, cinnamon, chocolate and a little hop earthiness to it.
t - roasted coffee and sweet malts.
m - smooth and creamy.
d - this is an amazing beer, first time i've tried it and i'm hooked.

GPHarris, May 29, 2007
Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We reached a milestone in our year, so I broke out the Celebrator

It poured a nice dark ruby brown. Full overflowing tan head that laced real well.

The aroma was sweet toasted malts, toffee well done.

The taste of this full bodied brew grew to a complex nature.
First a blast of toasted roasted malts. Dark fruits like plum. A bread charactor of biscuit and well done toast. The sweetness of molasses,honey and caramel. All rounded out and blended nicely by hops and suttle alcohol.

Overall very drinkable and a fine example of Germany in a glass..

chilidog, May 27, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

really nice brew. pours nice and dark brown, some red highlights. smells of sweet malt, possibly some dark fruit notes. buttery smooth taste, caramel like sweetness, slight fruit in the finish. very smooth, not as syrupy as i guess i would have expected. not that i'm complaining, this is one hell of a brew. right on for the style, very nice beer.

scarletfire79, May 27, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12oz pilsner glass

A - very dark, quite clear, a bit of brown flashes at the bottom of the glass, red hues show up when held to a light. Average cap forms and recedes.

S - Intense dark fruits, sweet malt, toffee-ish

T - Satisfying sweetness, rich and malty. Just enough hops to keep it from going over the edge. Chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Luxurious.

M - Full bodied, but not syrupy. Has a soft creaminess, but their is some carbonation to keep things lively. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D - Goes down easy, and a fantastic brew to boot. I already want more!

Overall - My first tasting of this beer was after I had a local craft Bock that has a bit more hops and a lot more toasty character. When I tried the Celebrator, it seemed like a syrupy mess. However, on a clean palette, this is a whole different story. Now I see what all the fuss is about! Splendid.

markaberrant, May 24, 2007
Photo of scott
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

V.07
Thick, well carbonated ruby brown with a loose (think root beer float) & quick to fade head.
Subtle malt & brown sugar/molasses, with mild tobacco notes as it warms.
Exceptional taste, with a semi-sweet nut/sugar/bisquit that is initially creamy and borders on cloying with an overpowering coat, but somehow defies it. It finishes nicely, with an almost crisp, dry champagne zest.
Complex in its simplicity, well balanced and easy to drink. Recommended.

scott, May 20, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours an incredible dark brown, nearly black. with some ruby hues where the light hits. A thick and creamy looking tan 1 finger head builds on top and diminishes slowly, leaving a nice ring but not a whole lot of lacing on the way down the glass.

Smell is bittersweet dark chocolate, some molasses and caramel malts. Very appealing. Those aromas don't disappoint in the taste, which is a wonderfully sweet and complex combination of malty goodness with a little bit of hops to create a perfectly balanced and incredibly delicious brew. Mouthfeel is superb - perfect amount of carbonation and a creamy full body. Amazing brew and the best doppel I've ever tasted.

number1bum, May 20, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one once before and was blown away; finally now getting to review the deliciousness. This one really blows the other doppelbocks I've had out of the park. Pours an incredible dark brown with a nice tan head on top that dissolves at a good pace. Nose is mild, a touch of caramel malt. Taste is amazing; lots of chocolate and caramel malt with a good lager hops kick at the end. Really a tasty beer. Feel is good, good thickness, especially for a lager. Overall, a fantastic lager that I would and will definitely have again. Great.

soupyman10, May 19, 2007
Photo of techdiver
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep mahogany with a nice frothy head that dissipates slowly.

Molasses, caramel and toasted malt nose.

Taste is exquisite. Perfectly balanced malt, molasses, and hops. Truly a joy. Had to rate this all 5's for first time; it's even better than Korbinian.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Perfect carbonation, just fantastic.

Extremely drinkable, I need more of this.

techdiver, May 19, 2007
Photo of pittvkyle7
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this into a mug. Very dark, you can see through a little when held to light. The head was a cream color, two fingers high, the head fadded into lacing.

smells of spices, chocolate, toasted, and coffe

the taste has so much to it. Chocolate, burnt toast, oily, a little bitter but it ends so sweet. Very well rounded drink.

medium body, right amount of carbonation. Taste stays on the tounge for a while

very good but not extremely drinkable

pittvkyle7, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of PhiloPsych
2.65/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured brown from the bottle with about an inch of head; the head dissipated quickly and almost completely, leaving just a slight ring around the edge. Smell was sweet and alcoholic. I don't know how to describe the taste exactly. It's sweet up front followed by a kick of funkiness that is strange and unfamiliar to me. There's a bit of solvent and steel in the taste, I think. The first part of each sip is good, but the back end doesn't suit me.

PhiloPsych, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of CPfromTX
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: stout-like appearance, very dark black/brown to deep red amber in heavy light. little head, head is creamy off-white color similar to color of guiness draft head

S: coffee tones with smaller caramel, sweeter overtones. I get a lot of chocolate. Hint of alcohol, definitly can tell from smell that stronger than 6%.

T: dominant coffee and caramel taste, much smaller hop taste. Alcohol very well-hidden. Smooth overall taste with little bitterness and great chocolate character.

M: medium-bodied to heavy, goes down smooth with no hint or burning sensation from alcohol, some bitter-sweet feel drifting towards sweet at the finish.

D: not the most drinkable beer. Stronger than its smell and taste give off. Great beer for someone looking to explore doppelbocks. Not sessionable but definitly worth a cool sip.

CPfromTX, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer shines a nice mahogany ruby color when held to the light but doesn't have quite as much head as I'd like. There was a thin light mocha colored head that fell very quickly leaving only a rim around the glass.

S: There is a surprisingly strong roasted aroma with a good raisin scent and some chocolate in the background. The strong malt flavor, which I expected to be very bold, was hidden in between the raisin and the chocolate.

T: The malt that was missing in the aroma was very prevalent in the flavor. There is a strong raisin flavor and some caramel notes. Some bitterness is hidden in there but is overwhelmed by the sweetness

M: This is a good medium bodied beer that is incredibly smooth.

D: Although it's perhaps a bit sweet for drinking a bunch of them, it is an excellent example of a doppelbock.

drseamus, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark in appearance, near black. Tough to see through even when held to light. Thick, creamy head with some decent lacing. Lovely smell with sweet fruits and some caramel and chocolate malts. Some alcohol. Great taste with the chocolate making its presence felt in this dark version of the style, alcohol present once again but faint and actually helps create some balance. Sweet malts also come through. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel that is smooth and creamy, silky even. Not the greatest drinkability but still up there in the good ranks. I would recommend this highly, well worth the price.

ncvbc, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Very deep amber in color, light brown head.

S- A very bready, lightly hoppy beer.

T- Well balanced, sweet, but not as sweet as other doppelbocks.

M- Medium body, dry finish.

D- Not a session beer, but very good for the style.

cichief, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A blackish brown beer with a ligth borwn head that lasts and trails down the side of the glass at times.
S: a nice roased malt caramel type smell not very strong but it smells right
T:Exremely good imo, caramel light chocolate roasted malts. a little bitter but not very much. extremely good caramel chocolate flavor
M: a little lighter than i would like for the style but regardless a nice smooth creamy flavor and feel.
D:i could drink this all day, the relatively high abv means i probably should not, but its very very good smooth and tasty....what more could you want?

Redwood21, Apr 21, 2007
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,254 ratings.